Whether it be ancient Greece, the Italian Renaissance or the beginning of the 20th century, you probably know a history buff passionate about the past. If that is the case, there is no better way to show how much you care than by supporting their interests. Fortunately – if you don’t know where to start – My Modern Met Store has put together a unique collection of gifts for the history buffs of your life.
Some of our best gifts for history buffs are ideal for those with an artistic streak. For curators and designers, the Artist Socks gift box offers a fantastic range of creative style. It includes four pairs of artist-inspired socks, including Andy Sock-Hole , Feetasso , Frida Callus , and Vincent van Toe . With this set, they can change their style according to their mood.
Alternatively, if you know a historian passionate about architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright paper models allow them to recreate 14 of the artist’s most famous structures, such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in the delicate art of kirigami .
If the person you’re shopping for spends a lot of time working at their desk, consider looking at some nifty desk accessories to spruce up their workspace. The Leonardo da Vinci action figure captures the essence of the famous polymath in an adorable five-inch tall form. The figure comes with a beard, hair and brow shining in the dark, as well as a removable hat. This toy even comes with 5 miniature masterpieces and a display easel to transform any office space into an art gallery.
Scroll down to see some of our best amazon gifts for history buffs, and head over to My Modern Met Store to see the entire collection.
Best Gifts for History Buffs 2020
Artists and their cats
Alison Nastasi | $ 16.95
Rosie & We Can Do It enamel brooch
Unemployed Philosophers Guild | $ 12.50
Gift box Artists Socks
Chattyfeet | $ 39.95
Brief Art History Mug
Unemployed Philosophers Guild | $ 15.95
Frida Kahlo Kokeshi Doll
Sketch.Inc | $ 44
Claude Monet action figure
Today is art day | $ 29.99
The kiss Candle
Flatyz | $ 17.95
Leonardo da Vinci action figure
Today is art day | $ 29.99
Frank Lloyd Wright paper models
Marc Hagan-Guirey | $ 29.99
Vincent van Gogh articulated figurine
Today is art day | $ 29.99
Archeology and natural history
For a history buff, it’s hard to think of a better gift than a piece of history for real! If you want to buy a gift for a history teacher, a professional historian or simply someone who loves a specific historical era, you will find that many archaeological finds are surprisingly accessible to all budgets and – more importantly – easy to find ethically .
A jewel worn by an Ancient Roman, a Neolithic flint used by our ancestors, a splendid Jurassic ammonite from Madagascar … whatever their passion, you can find the perfect piece of history to amaze them.
When it comes to history they’re probably planning to travel to any of the European countries to see the history in real right? So dwell a bit on gifts for someone travelling to Italy here.
The watches have the particularity of being a gift with a sentimental but still practical meaning. History buffs will know well the contribution of watchmakers to the history of the world: from the development of wristwatches for the British army to Omega’s triumph in the space race , up to the 21st century. Vintage watches enclose our whole history, naturally enhanced by the symbolism that such a gift brings: it can represent the celebration of a new beginning, but also the memory of a special occasion.
If your history buff is more of an intellectual than a buyer of historical artifacts, a book that talks about his time or his favorite event will certainly be an appreciated gift. The illustrated books of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries offer a fascinating insight into the artistic practices of a certain era and (in the case of geography books) on how explorers saw the world around them. For young history buffs, it can also be fun to get the first edition of your favorite book, to put the first brick of their personal library.
Maybe your history buff just waits for you to curl up under the covers with a good book, but don’t forget those who prefer to go where the road takes them. It is a rather important gift, but if you really want to amaze someone (or maybe pamper the enthusiast in you a little), a vintage car will transport the driver back in time. If you are looking for a restoration project or have a limited budget, you can opt for a barn find . If you want to spend a little more, why not aim for a vintage convertible ?
Stamps and coins
You don’t have to be a coin or stamp collector to appreciate its historical significance. Collectors with a passion for national history will not miss the opportunity to own a special series of commemorative stamps and you will be spoiled for choice when shopping. Instead, history buffs who prefer ancient civilizations will appreciate the value of owning a Roman or Byzantine silver coin : a piece of history to always carry with you.
It is very likely that your favorite history buff will also show off his hobby at home: it is one of the reasons why giving gifts to these types of people is easier than you think. All you need is just a little research, after which you will be full of ideas for the type of objects and historical memorabilia that could make your history buff happy. You can aim high and make a bold choice with a Baroque decoration , a Biedermeier furniture and a Gothic sculpture . Or – if instead you are thinking of a smaller but still significant little thought – you can choose a hand-painted ceramic tile , a late 20th century Fabergé egg , deliciousArt Nouveau style glasses and an elaborate Victorian beauty case .
These are the collection of best gifts for history buffs 2020 that you can give for this Christmas.